KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia remains in talks with China over a prospective Memorandum of Understanding to guarantee access to the COVID-19 vaccine when it is safe to utilize, stated Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Wednesday (Aug 5).
Delivering his wrap up speech in parliament, the minister kept in mind that China is among the countries that are quite advanced in the advancement of vaccines.
” That is, if it is discovered to be safe and reliable by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Company (NPRA) under the Ministry of Health,” he stated.
Mr Khairy kept in mind that the vaccine for COVID-19 is now sought after by the world, and this has actually resulted in what he called vaccine diplomacy.
” The world is now hunting for a COVID-19 vaccine for us to return to the old typical because if we do not get a vaccine we will need to remain in the brand-new normal. As a result, on the planet there is now vaccine diplomacy where advanced nations are purchasing vaccines being developed by pharmaceuticals in the West.
” For establishing nations, this is an uncomfortable circumstance when countries like the United States and United Kingdom along with European countries have actually already made advance purchases of the vaccines,” he said.
” Malaysia does not desire to see this.
” So a collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Science, Technology and Development has actually been formed to discover a (kind of) strategic cooperation with nations making vaccines,” he stated.
” Generally when we buy the vaccines from makers, it comes in bulk.